Comeback Kid: Giles Again

Brian Giles hit a two run blast on a 2-1 pitch to the deepest part of the field in right-center off John Franco in the sixth inning to put the Padres up 3-1, a lead they would not relinquish. The Friars have now won six straight and two in a row to open the series against the Mets.

Brian Giles, 3-for-5 on the night, continued to explode from an early season slump as he connected on a John Franco slider and drove the ball out of the park. Sean Burroughs had singled in front of him.

"I feel comfortable up there. I feel like the last 10 days I have swung the bat pretty well," Giles said.

Giles had homered Friday night off Mets starter Tyler Yates.

Jake Peavy got the win going six innings while allowing seven hits and two walks. Only one inning did Peavy get the Mets in order as he battled through men on base all night.

The one run he allowed came in the fourth when he allowed a leadoff triple to Karim Garcia. Peavy got the first two outs in the inning on a ground out to third and round out to first, but Danny Garcia punched a bloop single into center that Mark Loretta attempted to track down but fell just short of as it appeared to glance off his glove for an RBI knock.

The Padres tied the game in the fifth as Brian Buchanon took a belt high offering from Al Leiter and smacked a home run into the seats of the Western Metal Supply building.

Scott Linebrink, Akinori Otsuka and Trevor Hoffman finished the game off with a scoreless inning apiece. Hoffman earned his seventh save on the season.

There was a brief delay in the eighth inning with Otsuka on the mound. Art Howe came out to protest the delivery of Otsuka, claiming he balks on every pitch.

Crew chief Rick Reed said he warned the Padres before the game that if there was a runner on base when Otsuka was pitching that he would probably call a balk.

Otsuka has tossed 12.2 scoreless innings over 12 appearances. Over that span, he has allowed just three hits while striking out 10, with two walks, one of which was intentional. He has reduced his ERA to 0.64 (1 ER/14.0 IP).

New York, meanwhile, played the game under protest and Reed went into the dugout to call the official scorer.

Notes:

Al Leiter, the Mets starter, threw more balls (61) than strikes (52). On the night, he walked seven Padres batters.

Peavy has not lost to the Mets in four career starts (2-0).

The Padres donated $2.50 from every ticket sold to tonight's game against the New York Mets to Hospital Infantil. Located in Tijuana, Hospital Infantil provides state of-the-art medical services to children living on both sides of the border.


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